I let certain sticks air out as well. Recall LA ESTRELLA OSCURO smelling like kerosene and was unsmokeable out of the wrapper. Tried another about a week later and the ordure was gone, and it had at least an average maduro taste. Same with my La Perla Habana's. Smoked a Cobre and Rojo the day I got them, and then one of each now that they have sat for 11 days, and can see the difference. Also noticed the Padilla Fumas I had resting for 7 days were a lot darker when I went to add the rest that were still wrapped and in plastic bags. Have yet to try another to see if the taste is any different. Smoked that Morro Castle right out of the wrapper with good results. Same with the Fonseca Arana. Also, I smoked a Gurkha Sherpa's out of the wrapper two weeks ago and did not like the stick at all. My cuz sent me one he had sitting for almost a year. The almost bitter spice taste in the fresh one I had tried to smoke was gone, and the first taste that popped into my head when I torched it was butter, that changed to a mildly sweet rye, or some type of bread taste. Big Difference.
I have tried most of the sticks on your list and liked most. If I can't score enough 5 Vegas Gold or Gurkha Park Avenues, I use Mark Twains as my fall back mild. Have yet to score any Hemingways, Gods of Fire, Padron ser'26, or Pirates Gold. As the first 3 will probably take $10+ bids to win, I won't look to them until all lower priced sticks have been sampled. Still looking for a dirt cheap stick that can at least be compared to 5 Vegas Gold, Park Avenue, Symphony, Mark Twain's, or Rocky Patel Connecticut's. CU-AVANA and ASTRIAL Connecticut's are two options I have eyed to try lately.